"Pinball Wizard" is a song written by Pete Townshend and performed by the English rock band The Who, and featured on their 1969 rock opera album Tommy.
The Who took the stage in front of some half-million people at the Isle of Wight Festival on 29 August 1970
The Who were one year and three months into their Tommy tour when they played their second engagement at the Isle of Wight Festival. As in 1969, they played most of their famous rock opera, which by this time was quite familiar to the festival crowd. Huge spotlights bathed the audience of some 600,000 attendees, and as The Who's tour manager John Woolf recalls, attracted "every moth and flying nocturnal animal on the island". The Who started this famous concert at 2:00 A.M
Ever since i was a young boy, i've played the silver ball. >from soho down to brighton i must have played them all. but i ain't seen nothing like him in any amusement hall... that deaf dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean pin ball!
He stands like a statue, becomes part of the machine. feeling all the bumpers always playing clean. he plays by intuition, the digit counters fall. that deaf dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean pin ball!
He's a pin ball wizard there has got to be a twist. a pin ball wizard, s'got such a supple wrist. 'how do you think he does it? i don't know! what makes him so good?'
He ain't got no distractions can't hear those buzzers and bells, don't see lights a flashin' plays by sense of smell. always has a replay, 'n' never tilts at all... that deaf dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean pin ball.
I thought i was the bally table king. but i just handed my pin ball crown to him.
Even my usual table he can beat my best. his disciples lead him in and he just does the rest. he's got crazy flipper fingers never seen him fall... that deaf dumb and blind kind sure plays a mean pin ball.!!!!!
Songwriters: PETER TOWNSHEND
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